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sneak peek: christine martinez of lama designs

by anne

many of you will remember christine martinez of lama designs from this post, but today we have a special sneak peek into her oakland, ca apartment  that she shares with her boyfriend. they’ve been settled in the place since april, but since it’s larger than anywhere else they’ve lived, they’ve been forced to get creative with their budget (luckily for christine, she spent some of her early years hanging out in her grandpa’s upholstery shop and she loves refinishing furniture). don’t forget to check out more of christine’s work here! [thanks, christine!]anne

[Above:Dining Room: For the first time in our post-college renting lives, my boyfriend and I finally have a dining room! On the down side, this posed a big challenge for us; how to furnish a large dinning room on his grad school budget and with me just starting a new business. We managed to find our beautiful yellow hutch at the goodwill for a bargain price and I gave it a bit of international flare with a hand-painted sign from Argentina and some hanging cappuccino cups that I picked up while living in Berlin. The dinning room table and chairs came from a nice couple we found on craigslist who had carted it all the way from Brooklyn only to discover it was too large for their new place. I reupholstered the chairs with Amy Butler fabric and placed the whole set on top of our FLOR tiles and we had the whole room furnished for just over $200. I have to say though, that the gorgeous natural sunlight we get throughout the day is the best accessory in that space. ]

Foyer: The second I walked into this apartment and saw the foyer, I knew I had to have this place! I’ve always wanted an entryway so that it can serve the same function that a great appetizer does to an entree: providing a taste of wonderful things to come. Not having any foyer appropriate furniture from my last apartment, I gathered up a few inexpensive pieces to fill the space quickly. The black table was a craigslist steal for $40. I’ve always wanted a zebra print cowhide rug (I tried dragging one back from Argentina with no luck), so until I can afford to upgrade, this zebra print rug by Dwell Studio for Target is a perfect solution. The frames were bargain finds from Alameda’s Antiques by the Bay. I painted them black to give them a more sophisticated look. I also picked up my little ceramic zebra friends for $5 on the same shopping trip.



Bedroom: My favorite piece in the bedroom is the mid century inspired bed that my boyfriend built with his grandfather. It’s such a personal piece that we both adore. Sticking with my love for colors on the warmer side of the color spectrum, I chose yellow side tables from Turquoise in Venice, CA and red spindle lamps from Urban Outfitters. The chandelier was another Antiques by the Bay find. The bedding is a mix of pieces from Room and Board, Dwell Studio, West Elm topped of with a decorative pillow from LAMA. The artwork was mostly purchased from various Etsy artists and the small wool rug, which I love against our hardwood floors, is a little something that my dog Miles and I purchased while taking a trip to Poland. (Miles now owns it. He can’t get enough of it).

Office: Just a little shot of Miles in his favorite spot next to my desk. He spends his days lounging in his adorable pup tent by Room Service in Los Angeles while I work. Both of us couldn’t be happier about this arrangement.

Living Room: Like most other renters, my boyfriend and I aren’t allowed to paint our walls. Luckily our 1920’s craftsmen style apartment has some great bones that I feel look best left white anyway. Plus, it has given me a chance to go accessory crazy, and I love a good home accessory more than most. I’m a big fan of the clean and simple lines of mid century furniture and have collected many pieces since college. To me, it screams California cool, an aesthetic I have grown up with that I keep near and dear to me. Mid century furniture also blends in well with the Victorian and craftsman style spaces that dominate parts of Northern California like Oakland and San Francisco and it has been fun for me to bring all these worlds together. I’m an avid collector of all things ceramic and have thrown a bunch of pieces around that I have collected while traveling abroad and throughout the US, with my favorite being a set of ceramic birds from Ecuadorian ceramicist Eduardo Vega, whose work I will be carrying in LAMA soon!

The “For Like Ever” poster was another trendy purchase for me. I had to have it. It really spoke to my inner Socal valley girl.  The pink bench belonged to my boyfriend’s grandmother, and I feel so lucky to have inherited this piece. It’s so sweet. The pillows on top are from LAMA, and the cushions below were a couple of finds from a flea market I visited in Amsterdam. The San Francisco print by Ork Posters was something I purchased the day I saw them on D*S. It’s my little shout out to my favorite city over the bridge.


On the trendier side, I have succumbed to the fad of organizing my books by color, which was a necessary step in making my boyfriend’s psychology texts more bearable to look at.

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